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Will it be difficult to get hired in L&D as a male?

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For reference I live in NYC. I think I want to get into L&D and become a midwife. But I'm afraid of not being able to find work and females refusing treatment from me for cultural reasons. But NYC is fairly liberal and I'm sure there are plenty of male midwives out there. I was just seeking advice from people here.

ArgentumRN

Specializes in Surgical,Peds,MBU,LDR. Has 5 years experience.

For reference I live in NYC. I think I want to get into L&D and become a midwife. But I'm afraid of not being able to find work and females refusing treatment from me for cultural reasons. But NYC is fairly liberal and I'm sure there are plenty of male midwives out there. I was just seeking advice from people here.

I think you should not have a problem getting hired.... unless you are competing with more experienced nurses for the same position... I work L&D and is no problem. Yes, every now and then someone will have a preference for female nurse but you just change assigments and should be ok. Getting some extra training in newborn/maternal health would give you also more experience. ACLS, PALS and NRP would help as well. You should apply for those positions.

iPink, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, Postpartum. Has 8 years experience.

Apply. Male OB MDs aren't unheard of, why not male OB RNs. As PP has stated, patients will have their preference, but you get reassigned. Good luck!

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Mr Midwife, BSN, RN

Specializes in Maternity. Has 8 years experience.

I was actually looking at moving to NYC from the UK a year or so back and did some research into the stand alone birth centres there. I think you would definately need your midwifery accreditation, L&D nursing won't cut it. I did some emailing with NYC Midwives - Home who said I certianly wouldn't be the first male midwife that was practicing in NYC.